NOW Ignores Confirmed Rape Hoax, Calls Student 'Sexual Assault Survivor' Anyway

Facts be damned.

NOW, the radical feminist National Organization for Women, is coming to the defense of the University of Virginia student who staged an elaborate rape hoax and fooled Rolling Stone into believing her without ever vetting her claims.

But as is often the case with progressives, never let facts get in the way of a good story, or, in NOW's case, a good defense.

Enter a letter recently released by the feminist group's president, Terry O'Neill, who eagerly defends this "sexual assault survivor" that was actually never a sexual assault survivor.

Since the release of the controversial 2014 Rolling Stone "gang-rape story," and the subsequent apology and retraction by the magazine, several defamation lawsuits were filed: one from the fraternity that was targeted, as well as one from the university.

It is that $7.5 million lawsuit that O'Neill, along with NOW, is hoping to get dropped by the university's president. Her letter, which ignores the retraction and the police conclusion that no rape ever occurred, states:

We recently learned about deeply disturbing actions by one of your Deans against a sexual assault survivor and member of the UVA community. We are writing to request that you put a stop to what we regard as a re-victimization of this young woman.

A lawsuit has been filed naming as plaintiff Dean Nicole Eramo, an associate dean of students at the University of Virginia, and former chair of the Sexual Misconduct Board. The suit names as defendant the Rolling Stone Magazine and seeks damages for defamation relating to the November 2014 article about sexual assault at UVA. We have followed this case and reviewed the plaintiff’s filings. In our view, the filings display a very troubling pattern of abuse towards “Jackie”, a woman profiled in that article, which cannot be allowed to continue.

“Jackie” is not a party to the lawsuit and, as far as we know, has no wish to become embroiled in a struggle between UVA officials and members of the press. Notwithstanding, Dean Eramo has demanded that “Jackie” produce years of her most private, personal communications with her family, friends, even counselors. She also sought all communications between “Jackie” and One Less, a UVA campus survivor support group. This has not only threatened “Jackie’s” dignity and privacy, but also the dignity and privacy of numerous other student survivors on your campus…

It is exactly this kind of victim blaming and shaming that fosters rape culture, re-victimizes those brave enough to have come forward, and silences countless other victims.

The closing paragraph reiterates NOW's recommendation of "stop[ping] these actions" and for the university to denounce this public re-shaming in order that an environment of safety can be afforded to all would-be victims.

To no one's surprise, O'Neill's letter did not express NOW's desire for pursuing the truth and teaching factual history so that education actually happens on a college campus.

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